I had the gastric sleeve done with Dr. Washington. I heard about the procedure because I currently work at (East cooper) hospital and I was the endoscopy technician for Dr. Washington on several occasions.
I started looking into the procedure because I had a hard time losing weight and it seemed like this would be my last resort. I have hypothyroidism and struggled with my weight for a long time. I’ve tried everything from diet, exercise, changing what I eat, I tried even weight loss pills nothing helped me. I finally had a consultation with Dr. Washington and he explained every procedure that he performs and I decided to go with the sleeve because it seem like the best fit for me.
He made me very comfortable in explaining step-by-step the procedure and all the Health problems that I had that would be eliminated and he was absolutely right. I had a coworker who is also my friend who was going through the same thing with weight loss so we decided to do it together. I had my surgery first and she had hers the day after. We went through everything together.
If it wasn’t for her and Dr. Washington and his team I don’t know how I would have gotten through it. I have heard stories of people having complications with this surgery but I am a testimony I am here to say this is the best decision I have made in my life. I feel so much better, I’m so much more energetic, my migraines are gone, I just feel really good and I owe it all to Dr. Washington he saved my life!!
Dr. Washington performed a gastric sleeve on me in June 2015. I had struggled with being obese my whole life. I finally reached a weight of 324 lbs at my heaviest. My primary care doctor was doing an exam on my legs and feet. As he was rubbing my feet and checking on veins that I was having issues with he said, "You are going to be in a wheelchair in 2 years if you don't get this weight off NOW. Your small frame can't take the weight any longer". I knew I was big. I knew I was having issues walking and veins tearing in my lower legs. At that moment I saw my two small children flash in my mind. I said no sir I won't. He smiled. My doctor asked me what did I want to go do once I lost the weight, go shopping? I started to cry a little. I said I want to go to an amusement park and actually get to ride rides. He gave me my information and soon after I was in Dr. Washington's office. I felt comfortable from day one. I didn't feel like I was being talked down to or criticized for being obese. Fast forwards. . . I now fluctuate between 142-148 lbs. That's a total weight loss of roughly 180 lbs. I don't fall down with ripped veins in my legs anymore. I can shop at a variety of stores and not order my clothes offline. I can go in a restaurant without being embarrassed that I can't fit in the seat. On August 23, 2017 I went with my family to a waterpark. I got to ride the rides and sit in floats. For the first time in 18 years I didn't have to watch others having fun. AND on May 14,2019 I "walked" across the stage as a college graduate with honors at the age of 36. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Washington performing my weight loss surgery. This is truly a life changing experience!
Dr. Washington did my VSG in July 2012 and he was very informative. I have had no complications to date. I would definitely recommend Dr. Washington! His office staff were great as well.
Dr. Washington is an EXCELLENT surgeon. He is caring, compassionate, and has great bedside manner. You can tell he really cares about his patients, individually. He don't just do his job, he IS his job. I would recommend Dr. Washington to anyone. I wouldn’t have chosen any other surgeon. He made me feel safe and i knew he was on top of things. When i started running a fever, even though it went away, he kept me another night. He's always got a smile on his face. I thank God that i found Dr. Washington!
It's been 10 months since I received the laproscopic Gastric Sleeve procedure. I am very young compared to most of his patients, and as far as I know, I am his youngest. I was 15 at the time and it was a very big, and scary decision that I had to make. I probably wouldn't have been able to go through with it if I had any other surgeon. He was so kind, yet very diligent when he needed to be. At first he was very skeptic about preforming the surgery to someone as young as me, but after conversing with him about my life long struggle, he believed in me. Which helped me believe in myself also. I would recommend this to anyone who is considering this. I may be young, but I fully understand everything about this surgery along with the benefits and complications. I have 0 regrets as far as having this surgery. Dr. Washington helped change my whole life. My highest weight was 408 lbs, I am now 242 lbs and lost 166 pounds. I went down 5 shirt sizes, and lost 14 inches off of my waist. I'm still loosing and very grateful. Thank you so much Dr. Washington!
My first impression of Dr Washington was that he was kindhearted and very informative. I had my RNY surgery on 2/10/10 and have had a couple of issues on the weekend and he has called me back immediately and shown the utmost attention and concern for my issues. My opinion of him is very high. He is not only very thorough prior to surgery but is very involved after also and I believe aftercare is the most important part! Also from my experience, his staff is wonderful! I have always been treated with such kindness whenever I have needed to call for different issues! If your looking for a doctor with not only surgical excellence but also a calming, kind bedside manner....Dr Washington is your guy! I will always be grateful that I found a doctor who is so dedicated to helping people!
I love Dr. Washington and his staff!! They have been absolutely wonderful to me. I can not say enough good things about them!
I just met my surgeon, Dr. Washington, for the first time when I had my endoscopy on 4/29/09. It was a brief meeting right before the procedure. He seemed very nice. Then I met him again with my husband when we had an appt. with him to go over the types of surgeries there are. He was very nice and took the time to go over everything. I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering WLS.